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Livelihood for the Bangsamoros. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol presents the egg and poultry production, one of the livelihood options that MinDA will be introducing to the province of Lanao del Sur starting this year. Other livelihood projects being introduced by MinDA in partnership with BARMM-Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Agrarian Reform include abaca farming, organic rice farming, goat raising and fattening, cattle fattening, tilapia farming, cardava, corn and sorghum, and vegetables growing.

ILIGAN CITY – To address the high poverty incidence level in Lanao del Sur and allow the people to have options in government-provided projects, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), in coordination with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, initiated the livelihood orientation program starting Monday, January 14.

During the two-day orientation program and forum with town mayors and farmer leaders in Taraka and Iligan City recently, experts from various agri-based industries invited by MinDA presented the different income-earning agriculture and fisheries activities.

Some of the livelihood projects Maranao leaders and farmers have chosen for their respective areas include chicken egg production, abaca farming, organic rice farming, dairy goat raising, duck raising, cattle fattening, tilapia fish cage farming, cardava banana farming, and growing of corn, sorghum and vegetables.

According to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the most popular is the chicken egg production project presented by Pilmico, an Aboitiz company which has agreed to be a private partner in the development of Lanao del Sur.

“Also preferred by the Maranaos are activities they are familiar with like tilapia fish cage farming in Lake Lanao, rice and corn farming, abaca farming and vegetable production,” added Secretary Piñol.

To get practical experience, there will be exposure trips for the Maranaos.

“An exposure trip to model farms in other parts of Mindanao will be arranged for both political and farmer leaders to show them best practices, “ Piñol said while emphasizing that these trips will be complemented with on-site technical orientation and training of the farmers and fishermen on new technologies.

MinDA in partnership with BARMM - Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) invited several private and government organizations to participate in the program.

“The Pilmico Feeds Corporation, CP Foods Philippines, Ultramart and iFresh Corporation, the Development Bank of the Philippines, the Federation of Goat and Sheep Raisers Association of the Philippines, and Avante Agricultural Corp participated in the program,” Piñol added.

“The Department of Agriculture also pledged to provide support services and assistance for the Lanao del Sur Livelihood Program.”

The field exposure will start Monday next week (January 20) while the technical orientation and training will be conducted right after.

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